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There are 7 ways to get from Brisbane to Airlie Beach by plane, bus, bus and ferry, ferry, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Hamilton Island  •  5h 10m

  1. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Hamilton Island (HTI) BNE - HTI

$140 - $414

Cheapest option

Fly to Mackay, bus  •  5h 59m

  1. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Mackay (MKY) BNE - MKY
  2. Take the bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach

$86 - $289

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Fly to Proserpine, bus and ferry, ferry  •  7h 6m

  1. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Proserpine (PPP) BNE - PPP
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Proserpine Airport to Hamilton Island Marina
  3. Take the ferry from Hamilton Island Marina to Port of Airlie

$168 - $307

Train  •  15h 49m

  1. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Proserpine Spirit of Queensland

$111 - $204

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  18h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach Gx443 / ...

$95 - $160

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  20h 46m

  1. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Airlie Beach

$124 - $175

Drive  •  15h 4m

  1. Drive from Brisbane to Airlie Beach 687.7 miles

$95 - $150

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The cheapest way to get from Brisbane to Airlie Beach is to drive which costs $130 - $200 and takes 15h 4m.

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The quickest way to get from Brisbane to Airlie Beach is to fly which costs $190 - $600 and takes 5h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Brisbane and arriving at Airlie Beach. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 18h 45m.

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The distance between Brisbane and Airlie Beach is 912 km. The road distance is 1100.3 km.

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Airlie Beach without a car is to train which takes 15h 49m and costs $150 - $290.

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It takes approximately 5h 10m to get from Brisbane to Airlie Beach, including transfers.

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Brisbane to Airlie Beach bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Brisbane station.

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Airlie Beach is to fly which takes 5h 10m and costs $190 - $600. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $150 - $290 and takes 15h 49m, you could also bus, which costs $130 - $230 and takes 18h 45m.

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The quickest flight from Brisbane Airport to Hamilton Island Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 40m.

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Brisbane to Airlie Beach bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Airlie Beach station.

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Map of how to get from Brisbane to Airlie Beach.
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  • Distance: 570.2 miles
  • Duration: 5h 10m

What companies run services between Brisbane, QLD, Australia and Airlie Beach, QLD, Australia?

Virgin Australia and Qantas fly from Brisbane to Airlie Beach twice daily. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Brisbane to Airlie Beach once daily. Tickets cost $110 - $210 and the journey takes 14h 7m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $450
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay via Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$90 - $460
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $420
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $370
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $330
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $420
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
14h 7m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $210
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$201
B-Quick
$111
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$12 - $18
Flexifare
$20 - $28
Bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
18h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$95 - $160
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$95 - $140
Flexifare
$110 - $160
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $23
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
19h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
19h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Website
Premier Motor Service
Cruise Whitsundays
Phone
+61 07 4846 7000
Email
reservations@cruisewhitsundays.com
Website
cruisewhitsundays.com
Bus and ferry from Proserpine Airport to Hamilton Island Marina
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$59
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com
Ferry operators

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Yes, the driving distance between Brisbane to Airlie Beach is 1100 km. It takes approximately 15h 4m to drive from Brisbane to Airlie Beach.

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Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Brisbane Airport to Hamilton Island Airport.

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There are 204+ hotels available in Airlie Beach. Prices start at $81 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Brisbane Airport is to train which takes 20m and costs $14 - $20.

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